As a pet owner, you recognize the importance of taking good care of your pets through proper exercise and diet as well as an abundance of affection. It’s important to keep in mind the health risks that could potentially harm your beloved pets. Many pests can lurk in your home and lead to health problems for all members of your family.
Ticks are dangerous to humans and animals alike. These insects generally live in the northeastern region of the United States. They can carry Lyme disease and infect your loved ones through a bite. Symptoms of Lyme disease can include swollen joints, a loss of appetite, fever, lethargy, limping and swollen lymph nodes. If left untreated it can lead to kidney disease. If your pets spend a great deal of time outside, particularly in areas with trees and long grass, they are at a higher risk of being bitten by a tick. Other animals can also carry ticks into your yard or even your home. Be sure to carefully check your pets and family members when they have spent any time outside. If you find a tick, you must be careful on how you remove the insect. Squeezing the body of the insect can force the poison it’s carrying into your pet. Visit your local pet store or veterinarian to get a tick removal tool that will make the process easier and safer.
Fleas can also be a health risk to your pets. Their bites can result in red bumps and itchy patches on the skin. Flea bites can also lead to other health problems including allergies, anemia, and tapeworms. Fleas use your pets as a place to lay their eggs. One flea can lay about twenty eggs a day. Often the eggs roll off the skin and land on various fabric surfaces in your home including couches, chairs, and carpets. These pests are tiny and move quickly; making them very difficult to locate. A flea infestation can promptly develop if you do not take care of the problem as soon as possible.
You can prevent problems for your pest by preventing a pest control issue in the first place. The following tips will help you to protect your pets from ticks and fleas.
- Carefully inspect your pets every time they come inside. Use a clean brush to remove any dirt or pests.
- Look for red bumps on the skin, bite marks and itchy patches.
- Regularly bathe your pets with a shampoo product designed to kill insects.
- If possible keep your pet’s hair at a shorter length during the warmer months of the year.
- Regularly wash your pet’s bedding and toys.
- Consult with a veterinarian to determine if a preventative medicine is recommended for your pet.
- Contact your veterinarian if you notice any irregular behavior from your pet.
For more information on protecting your pet from health issues, contact the pest control experts in Frisco TX. Call Bug Commander at (214) 307-1933 today!